Droitwich

Croquet

Leader: Les Hazlewood
Day: Every Tuesday from 2pm - 4pm (Summer)
Place: The Bowling Green Inn, Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, B60 4BH
Cost: Members are expected to buy a drink and/or food

For information about the operation of Droitwich U3A groups during the current pandemic, please see the table of Currently Active Groups at the start of the Groups page.

We are a social Croquet Group who are not overly competitive. Croquet is a healthy outdoor sport and sociable pastime played by people of all ages. It is simple to learn, fun to play and does not require any great level of fitness. We welcome beginners and can provide the playing equipment needed. No special clothing or footwear is required, just what is comfortable for an hour or two’s gentle exercise. Balls, hoops, mallets, etc are all provided, but please feel free to bring your own mallet if you have one.

At the rear of the Bowling Green Inn is a flat, finely-cut, bowling green that used to be used by a Bowling Club who have now moved elsewhere. However, the pub still maintains it for the use of their customers, and we have an arrangement with the landlord to play croquet on this bowling green on Tuesday afternoons.

We play a variation of the game of Association Croquet (the variant depending on the number of players available). Basically, the game comprises 2 teams (usually of 2 players per team), attempting to play their 2 balls through 6 hoops in both directions, and hitting the finishing peg. We do not play "Golf Croquet", where each player takes it in turn to play one shot. Instead, we play the traditional game where each player has an extra shot for knocking their ball through a hoop, and 2 extra shots from a roquet, ie hitting another ball with their ball and thus earning an extra shot known as a croquet (which is where the game gets its name) and a further shot following the croquet shot. In practice we do not expect to complete a full game in 2 hours. Note that it is possible to accommodate a larger number of players, by having more than 2 players per team, and/or by playing a second game (with different coloured balls) on the same playing area at the same time. As of 2020 we now have a set of "second colour" balls so that we can play a second game if the numbers require it.

There are no regular charges for attending this group. However, the arrangement we have with The Bowling Green Inn, is that our use of their bowling green is provided on the basis that we are their customers. So, they expect everyone to buy a drink (possibly several), and/or food. Members of the group are encouraged to take lunch in the pub from about 12.30 pm before playing in the afternoon.

For more information click on the Envelope icon to the right to send an email to the Group Leader

More Group Pages
Ancient World Art Appreciation Astronomy Book Reading
Bridge Beginners Bridge Duplicate Club Bridge Improvers Bridge Rubber
Canasta Chess Classic Poetry and Literature Classical Music Appreciation
Coffee & Chat - Monday Computer Beginners Conversational Psychology Cookalong with Cookie
Croquet Current Affairs Cycling for Pleasure Digital Photography
French Conversation French Improvers Garden Visits Genealogy 1
Genealogy 2 German Beginners German Continuers Hand Bell Ringing
History Local Introduction to Chaucer Italian for Beginners Italian Improvers
Life Story Lunch Club - Friday Lunch Club - Tuesday Mah Jong
Maths, Science and Technology Military History Modern Board Games Pétanque 1
Pétanque 2 Pétanque 3 Philosophical Discussion Pint & Pontification
Play Reading Presentations Psychology of Everyday Life Quiz team
Scrabble Singing for Pleasure Spanish Beginners Spanish Improvers
Table Tennis Vegetable Gardening Walking Wind Instrument Playing
Wine Appreciation
More Group Pages
Ancient World Art Appreciation
Astronomy Book Reading
Bridge Beginners Bridge Duplicate Club
Bridge Improvers Bridge Rubber
Canasta Chess
Classic Poetry and Literature Classical Music Appreciation
Coffee & Chat - Monday Computer Beginners
Conversational Psychology Cookalong with Cookie
Croquet Current Affairs
Cycling for Pleasure Digital Photography
French Conversation French Improvers
Garden Visits Genealogy 1
Genealogy 2 German Beginners
German Continuers Hand Bell Ringing
History Local Introduction to Chaucer
Italian for Beginners Italian Improvers
Life Story Lunch Club - Friday
Lunch Club - Tuesday Mah Jong
Maths, Science and Technology Military History
Modern Board Games Pétanque 1
Pétanque 2 Pétanque 3
Philosophical Discussion Pint & Pontification
Play Reading Presentations
Psychology of Everyday Life Quiz team
Scrabble Singing for Pleasure
Spanish Beginners Spanish Improvers
Table Tennis Vegetable Gardening
Walking Wind Instrument Playing
Wine Appreciation